Meet the team

We’re a venture capital-backed asset management firm that creates residential real estate funds called ReTFs.

As stewards of capital, our goal is to generate outstanding results for our investors while applying the highest standards of integrity and discipline. We’re reimagining the $2.7 trillion real estate asset management industry for the next generation of investors--individuals, institutions and foreign nationals. Meet the minds and hearts behind a young company with big plans.

Compound Technology & Innovation Team

Janine Yorio
Janine Yorio
Chief Executive Officer

Janine has over two decades of real estate investment and startup experience. She was previously head of real estate development for Andre Balazs’ Standard Hotels, and before that was a Portfolio Manager at real estate private equity firm NorthStar Capital where she worked on five investments from origination to IPO, including 4 publicly-listed REITs. Over the course of her career, she has managed over $2 billion in structured real estate investments ranging from CDOs and mezzanine loans to coliving and short-term rental strategies. She graduated from Yale University.

Jesse Stein
Jesse Stein
Chief Investment Officer

Jesse oversees real estate investment, operations, and new products for Compound. Previously, Jesse was a founding member and Chief Operating Officer of ETRE Financial, a real estate information technology company where he developed a trading platform specifically designed for real estate securities and partnered with Nasdaq on a series of REIT Indexes. He has a background in real estate investment banking and equities trading. Jesse is a graduate of Cornell University and also holds a Masters Degree in real estate investment from NYU.

Bill Staniford
Bill Staniford
Chief Innovation Officer

Bill was previously CEO of PropertyShark, New York City's first real estate data technology platform, which was acquired by Yardi Systems in 2010. During his tenure as CEO, PropertyShark was named one of the 50 best websites in the world by Time, Inc. He has been featured on CNBC, Fox Business News and in countless industry publications and is widely considered an industry expert on the commercialization and implementation of real estate data and technology. He hosts a weekly radio show on 930 am about real estate technology. He began his career as a cryptologist in the US Marine Corps, cracking codes for the US military.

TJ Kawamura
TJ Kawamura
Head of Global Business Development

TJ oversees our data science strategy, real estate transaction analysis and origination. He has built real estate transaction origination processes for several venture-capital backed real estate startups and has deep connections in the residential real estate development world. He is a licensed real estate broker in both New York and Florida and graduated from Bates College. In his spare time, he trades cryptocurrencies. He also speaks Japanese.

Najla Austin
Najla Austin
Head of Growth

Najla oversees all product marketing, sales and customer service including social media and content strategy. Previously, she was head of growth (including operations and property management) for Stayawhile, a venture-capital backed furnished apartment rental business. She has also led customer acquisition strategy, sales and digital marketing efforts for several luxury beauty and wellness businesses in New York City. She is a graduate of New York University.

Michael Talis
Michael Talis
Head of Marketing

Michael leads all marketing efforts. He was previously head of digital marketing for Canvas United, a marketing agency that led several major REIT accounts. At American Express, he was a product manager for Vente-Privee and Global Payment Options. He has an MBA from Georgetown University and graduated from Brown University.

Oren Alexander
Oren Alexander
Managing Director, Real Estate

Oren is one of New York City’s leading residential real estate brokers and has brokered some of the highest priced residential deals ever recorded. With his brother Tal, they run the Alexander Team at Douglas Elliman, where they were personally recruited by company chairman Howard Lorber. The Alexander Team has been an intermediary for hundreds of millions of dollars in residential real estate transactions in New York City, Miami and the Hamptons. Oren is a graduate of the University of Colorado where he earned a BA in Finance.

Tal Alexander
Tal Alexander
Managing Director, Real Estate

Tal is one of New York City’s leading residential real estate brokers and has brokered some of the highest priced residential deals ever recorded in New York City. Tal was named #1 of the "Top 35-and-Under NYC Real Estate Players" by The Real Deal and as one of the "New Rock Stars of Real Estate" by Details Magazine. Tal recently represented the buyer and seller in the sale of a 30,000-square-foot mansion (called the “$60 Million Dream House” by the Wall Street Journal), which holds the record as the most expensive residential property sold in the history of South Florida. He graduated from Hofstra University.

Dominik Janković
Dominik Janković
Lead Software Engineer

Dominik is a full-stack software engineer with deep experience in both mobile and web applications. He has previously worked for a company that created travel software API integrations and proprietary election prediction software. He studied computer science engineering at the Zagreb University of Applied Sciences and has been coding since he was 8 years old. He is well versed in C#, JavaScript, SQL Server, PostgreSQL, AWS and Azure. When he isn’t working, he is dreaming about technology development.

David Felipe
David Felipe
Graphic Designer

David is an experienced graphic designer who creates all branding, print design and UX/UI for Compound’s web and mobile applications. He has been on the creative teams that have built web and mobile applications for Accenture, Zara, Oysho and Payever.

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Compound is an innovative, technology-driven global real estate asset manager, backed by some of the best venture capital firms in the world.

We’re based in New York City, and we’ve built a team that does great work and has a great time doing it.

We believe that having a deep understanding of different cultures and lifestyles —whether related to race, ethnicity, gender, nationality, religion, economics, age, or sexual orientation—will be a key driver of our long-term success. Numerous studies have shown that cognitively diverse teams are better at innovation and decision-making. For example, McKinsey & Company's 2015 report, Why Diversity Matters, demonstrated that companies in the top quartile for gender, racial and ethnic diversity were more likely to produce financial returns above their national industry median.

The demographic composition of the investment industry bears very little resemblance to that of the real world. By intentionally building a diverse team, we're better equipped to understand diverse customers and communities--many of whom have been excluded from investing in the past. We can also see opportunities that others might not.

At Compound, diversity is not an "initiative;" it is fundamentally who we are. Achieving meaningful diversity means more than just finessing outward appearances or gaming measurable statistics; it's about bringing together people with a mix of unique experiences and opinions who might never otherwise meet--and encouraging the special alchemy that happens when they do.

When we add to our team, we look for talent in unconventional places and revisit exclusionary norms. We also make an extra effort to seek out and work with other companies who do more than pay lip service to diversity. We know that better results come from thinking differently and being thoughtfully inclusive even if that means going against the grain.

We're always interested in hearing from talented, creative problem-solvers who value the same things we do: relentlessness, integrity, kindness, and collaboration.

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